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Hi all,

First of all, welcome to my blog!
Don't know excactly how much I will post in this blog, probably mostly when I had a relative good result :)
Like now, for instance.
I have played my 9th PSO Skill League Game today (15 feb 11) and I started playing in PSO for the first time on 08 feb 11. With very changing results :)
Today I finished in a 24th place and for the first time ITM. I won the superb price of $ 0.04 :) )
Beside the money that made me happy (hehe), it was the feeling I had after playing this game today.
For the first time, I had some result in playing the way I play. Pretty basic, I can tell you and pretty much according to what I picked up during PSO training courses.
Before I had the feeling that, even when I played in the right way, it didn't pay out and that was getting pretty frustrating after while.
Nevertheless, I kept on playing that way and I have to admit, after the result today and after having reviewed earlier plays, I lost previous times mostly because I didn't stick to my game play. I played Cat 7 hands when I actually only had to play with a Cat 6 hand. A few times because I wasn't paying attention enough, another time when I just miss read it and a couple of times when I just made a bad decission.
Today I have to conclude I played it by the book, as they say, even though I had some luck on my side as well in a few hands and got away with a bluff (maybe a hand or 3, maybe 4, anyway 5 tops :) ).
Patience is very important in playing good poker and starting hands/position even more, of course. You should have seen the K J 's and K Q's I folded pre flop. Hands I would have played before blindly.
I will play a lot more PSO Skill League Games in the future, but it might take while now, as I am a Combat Engineer in the Belgian Army and I'm going to Lebanon now for 4 months. After that, you will definitely see me back and even there I will try to keep woring on my game (not online, it won't be possible, but in friendly 'live' games with my fellow mates!).
Don't get me wrong, I still have a looooooooong way to go, but for the first time, I really feel like I'm on the right track :wink:
I want to thank the PSO Team, because the PSO Courses are very well explained and are full of good info on the game and gameplay. I have learned a lot of it and I feel more confident now in keep playing the way I do now.
I have also learned that playing 'good' poker can be pretty tiring and you have to keep focussed all the time!
Anyway, after some frustrating times (from before I started playing PSO Skill League Games!), I now found the pleasure in playing back again and I hope it will last :)
Hope all you (starting) players keep playing with pleasure and for the love of the game. Making some money with it would be nice, but it must never be the main goal in playing poker.

Grtz, Joris E.
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